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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
36. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 12:14 Flatline
 
Jivaro wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 12:10:
lol...all these "thanks Disney" comments...

Disney is the new Obama!

To be fair there's been clamor for years to bring back the Lucasarts collection at GOG and they couldn't make it happen. I suspect Disney really did help facilitate the licensing.

Now you know what old school Disney game I want to see come out on GOG? Coaster. Still one of the best roller coaster designer video games ever, and it came on *one* 3.5 floppy.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
34. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 12:11 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 12:03:
Flatline wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 11:50:
Christ yes I remember that. It was a TIE bomber (maybe a TIE Fighter?) against the T:A I think? And you fulfilled a secret mission objective if you managed to destroy *one*.

No, it was definitely a bomber, though you may be right that the enemies were Advanceds rather than Defenders. The storyline goes that the emperor has been betrayed, and all the Tie Fighters are out on a mission, so while the emperor flies off in his shuttle, you have to defend him in the only ship available, a bomber.

And yes, you did get a secret objective if you killed one. I actually did pretty well in it, think I took out several. Lasers to take down shields, and then dual proton up the ass.

You're right. I'll spoiler it in case nobody's played through it yet because it's one of the highlights of the game. It's TIE Advanced. You have to survive long enough to let Vader and the Defenders show up. Then you have to race to the Emperor over the next couple missions and defend his shuttle against the waves of TIE Advanced missions. That was when I believe it was Harkin defects and tries to kill the Emperor. Then Zaarin steals the Defenders and Thrawn counters the Defenders by creating the Missile Boat.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
30. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 12:01 Flatline
 
I remember dropping almost 200 bucks on a sound card for the original x-wing *specifically* so that we could load up the digitized sound effects.

It took like a week of fucking around with the boot disk settings to finally find the one setting that would let the game load AND get the sound card working.

I remember being blown away by having pilot voices talk to me.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
28. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:50 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 11:43:

I beat everything in Xwing, Tie and Alliance, but there were a few missions that were so fucking annoying that I basically just never bothered to replay them again. (at least Alliance let you skip three missions to continue on with the story.)

Having to defend a single fucking shuttle from Tie Bombers who come in from various quadrants at timed intervals, and if you're a second slow you see 12 proton torpedoes going after that shuttle is just too aggravating for my taste anymore. There was one in Alliance too where you have to protect a convoy from a several capship attacks, and it took me forever, and I could never beat it until I finally realized that even though they say you have to hurry to defend the convoy at the next nav point, you actually can just go back to base, land, and get more proton torpedoes to bring for the next wave. Only way I could ever complete that one.

Taking out Star Destroyers was easy, just incredibly boring. Just dual proton torp the shield generators, then hang right behind its engine where it can't hit you, and sit there for 30 minutes firing lasers at full power. I even killed the Executor that way; I think it took like an hour's worth of just sitting there holding the fire button down. Not exactly thrilling...

But Tie Fighter was incredible. There's one mission where, IIRC, you have to dogfight Tie Defenders while you are in a Tie Bomber. When the mission started I actually yelled "THAT'S FUCKING BULLSHIT!" only to finish the whole thing in the first try.

Christ yes I remember that. It was a TIE bomber (maybe a TIE Fighter?) against the T:A I think? And you fulfilled a secret mission objective if you managed to destroy *one*.

But yes the shuttle escort missions were like fingernails on a blackboard. Or worse yet, the raiding missions where they sent a troop transport to do a board & capture, and the fucking shuttle is just sitting there, nice and vulnerable, for like 10 minutes against 10 TIE Bombers?
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
26. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:47 Flatline
 
nin wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 11:45:
qsto wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 11:41:
What about Alliance? It is a great game and definitely deserves a re-release. I think GOG should've actually released the entire trilogy, and only with updated graphics. Still have my trilogy CD's around, but unfortunately they won't install on 64bit OS without hassle.

Hopefully "soon". I would expect they're going to take one look at the sales numbers for these and have no question Alliance and XvT need to happen.



Alliance would be good, but I have 2 words for you:

Full. Throttle.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
22. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:36 Flatline
 
Pigeon wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 11:21:
nin wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 10:10:
Note that the newer versions require a joystick, while the older versions can be played with k/m.

Thanks, Disney!


I always used a mouse back in the day, hopefully its not too bad on a gamepad.

When they say "newer versions" they mean the 98 special editions. YOu still get the Dos versions which support M/K
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
20. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:31 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 11:24:
Schweeeeeeeeeettttttt!!!!

Be warned that especially Xwing will probably kick your ass from here to hell and beyond. Even back then that game was so fucking hard it caused me to wreck several good joysticks. The escort missions in it should be required learning for all devs on "How To Really Piss Off Your Players."


I'm proud to say I beat EVERY x-wing mission without cheating, including Imperial Pursuit and B-Wing. I even joined an "online" ace pilot club where you had to fly a custom mission in an A-wing, where they had those H shaped freighters docked two together and you had to thread the eye of the needle. To qualify you basically had to do this at top speed, all lasers and shields rerouted to engines. That was some fucking seat-of-your-pants flying.

In hindsight, the odds were so over the top stacked against you that they were insane. One ship vs like 50 enemies in waves of 3 to 5. Frequently in a Y-wing

The hardest mission was killing the star destroyer in a fucking y-wing. My wingmen got wiped out instantly and I did it by myself over the course of like an hour. Turns out you can turn off the targeting computer and target the shield generators on that star destroyer before sub-systems were a thing in the game. Dual proton torps could take out the shield generators barely and then you had 45 minutes of strafing runs in the y-wing to kill the bitch with lasers.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
19. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:27 Flatline
 
Holy shit they give you the original '94 version and the updated 98 version of the game. That's pretty sweet.

Edit: The differences between the 94 version and the 98 version is that the 98 version uses the XvT engine, so there's actually textures on the ships.

However, you lose iMuse and get CD music.

Edit: Meh. The DOS version is like the original DOS version, not the CD edition with the voice pack. The 98 version looks like it has voice packs.

This comment was edited on Oct 28, 2014, 11:38.
 
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News Comments > Spacebase DF-9 Released; Free Hack n' Slash for Backers
3. Re: Spacebase DF-9 Released; Free Hack n' Slash for Backers Oct 28, 2014, 11:11 Flatline
 
If memory serves there was a big thread here on Blues about it when they announced they were going straight to release 1.0  
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
12. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:10 Flatline
 
Hopefully with the absurd popularity these releases will generate Disney will realize that a serious revisit to the X-Wing series without going 3rd person is a profitable venture.  
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
18. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 26, 2014, 18:33 Flatline
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 17:33:
JeffD wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 16:52:
Wait wait wait.... did they just compare a $600 nvidia card to the $1000 8gb ati card.... and get excited over 1.5 fps average increase?!?! AMD you still suck, you need to get you fabrications updated so your processors stop adding to my cooling bill.

??? the AMD 290x is like $300 not $1000.... confused by your post.

As Jdreyer said,
"The important thing to realize is that while the 290X has only a 1.5 FPS advantage over the GTX 980, it costs half as much: $300 vs $600."

The 8 gig cards are running around 1000 dollars from what I can see. Of course, most of those seem to be dual core.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
56. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 26, 2014, 16:54 Flatline
 
Squirmer wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 03:04:
Flatline wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 22:44:
None of this shit is new. We've known about it and have talked about it for probably 20 years now. And they're real problems that need to be addressed and need to be fixed.
Uh. Okay. Which is what Sarkeesian did. Then she got called a lying bitch who should be killed.

That's the mysterious thing about Gamergaters. When in a calm state, the gamer admits there are problems. But when someone tries to address it the gamer loses his fucking mind.

Sigh.

I'm going to say this in as simple of English as I can. I still imagine you won't get it.

I agree with Sarkeesian.

Are you shocked yet? That was my entire point. I agree with her. Most of the people who are pissed at the gaming media agree with her points to a certain degree. They may disagree with her examples and her M.O. but they don't question the overall issues.

Sarkeesian is useless however because her whole thing is that she's going about it like she's the first fucking person to notice that Laura Croft was tits on a pencil in hot pants and shit. She provides little to no *real* commentary on how to deal with the issue. I get that it's part of a bigger trend of pointing out inherent bias against women in a broader social context, and that if she had a larger audience than what basically amounts to an echo chamber it might help a little to get the issues of the industry out to a broad audience. And that's what her kickstarter I guess was supposed to do, and kudos to her for that. But just bitching about the problem doesn't *actually* help resolve the problem, and that is my problem with Sarkeesian.

I have an idea. How about she goes after the game review sites that consistently rate misogynistic games as fucking 9's and 10's and shit that help in a very real sense drive sales? Why not when she shows hookers getting beaten to death in GTA for health and money doesn't she go quote the reviews that laughingly mention this in casual passing and then go give the game a stellar score?

Oh yeah that's right. They're on her side. Don't want to be a Blue Falcon. She needs that favorable press coverage to continue doing her thing.

Edit: Fair disclosure here. I haven't watched all of her shows so the above is conjecture. I will freely retract and apologize if she does go after the press for this.
 
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
13. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 26, 2014, 16:42 Flatline
 
I read an article the other day on Mantle's performance on Civ:BE, and the impressive parts of Mantle don't occur at the top end of average FPS. I don't know why they're arguing about that. The impressive part is the low end: The article monitored the bottom 1% of FPS average, with and without Mantle.

I think the lowest improvement in Mantle is 12% and goes all the way up to like 30-40% improvement in dropping FPS rates. So while here it might not matter, if they can consistently pull off that kind of performance in other games where it does matter, like FPS twitch games, that's a far bigger benefit.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8640/benchmarked-civilization-beyond-earth

It's an interesting read.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
41. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 25, 2014, 22:44 Flatline
 
Also one more thing.

I'm tired of hearing how the Gamasutra article from Leigh Alexander hit the nail on the head. It's fundamentally flawed, and from that flaw flows hubris of a surprising degree.

Declaring that gaming enthusiast subculture is dead because gaming has gone mainstream is fucking idiotic. It makes as much sense as arguing that since dining out is mainstream that foodies are dead. That because music is mainstream that music enthusiasts are dead. That because movies are mainstream you can't be a film buff.

Bullshit. In fact exactly the opposite is usually the case. It's the sub-culture dedicated enthusiasts who drive the mainstream interest and encourage new and interesting developments in the field.

If you want to know what "mainstream gaming" looks like, it looks like endless Call of Duty clones, farmville, and candy crush saga. It's the Olive Garden of the restaurant industry. That's what this brave new post-gamer world looks like.

It's the enthusiasts who helped support and continue to support the indie game scene. It's the enthusiasts who push back against DRM and shitty industry policy. It's the enthusiasts who by word of mouth buck the trend of nearly zero coverage from the journalist press and spread, by word of mouth, knowledge of games worth playing.

It's the enthusiasts who justify the continued existence of the gaming journalism community too, because I promise you people like my mom doesn't read those sites. If gamers as a sub culture are dead, then these fuckwads can show their commitment to the argument and quit. Because without the people they're attacking, they have no career.

It doesn't take much thought to realize that the idea that gaming as a sub-culture is dead is a stupid, fundamentally flawed idea. But it does take hubris and massive ego to think that you're in a position where you can declare a cultural movement to be dead.

And let's be honest, none of the issues raised by Leigh, or Anita, or any of the current critics of gaming culture are illustrating *anything* new. In 2001 we had the jokes about how ugly and vicious and abusive the 12 year old kids playing Halo were on xbox voice chat. We had in 2004 Penny Arcade's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. We joke about League of Legends voice chat causing mental trauma in how vicious it is. Ragequit is a cultural term everyone knows. And that's just in the toxicity part of the discussion. I can remember back to the first fucking Tomb Raider in the mid-90's the discussions about how sexist the industry was. I remember a tomb raider clone where the reviewer joked that the art department must have spent six months modeling the main character's breasts, because clearly the head model was an afterthought.

None of this shit is new. We've known about it and have talked about it for probably 20 years now. And they're real problems that need to be addressed and need to be fixed. But pretending like we've crossed some threshold of unsustainable fuckwadism all of a sudden while ignoring the entire toxic culture of the internet and of the furthering polarization of the world in general does a disservice to gaming.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
40. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 25, 2014, 22:23 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 19:00:
Flatline, you misunderstand the argument. I'm not saying it us fact because the nyt says it. I say it is fact because popular opinion says so. Vastly, infinitely more people think it is about women than think it is about journalism.

That, and none of the discussions are ever about journalism.

Ah okay. So it's a textbook Argumentum ad populum fallacy instead. You're still in the wrong.

And also they get the analysis from... the very people that the other side is arguing is corrupt. If the ethics accusations actually are substantial, then you would absolutely expect the game journalists community to ignore the accusations totally and focus instead on a hot, emotional, clearly disgusting activity of a handful of extremists to keep the discussion off of their behavior.

Which is more or less what we're seeing. With the added benefit of clickbait driving to increase their revenue sources.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
26. Re: Saturday Interviews Oct 25, 2014, 18:55 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 18:07:
The NYT gets into it again, saying Gamergate looks much more like a campaign of harassment against women and it's disenheartening to see how many gamers support this and enjoy this.

To me, these anti-intellectual players, who want games to be “just games” and want criticism of them to be devoid of things like political and social context, are almost as worrisome as the horrifying, and criminal, actions of the harassers.

Ironically, most of those same people that want games to be "just games" were the same ones irate at Ebert for saying games weren't art.

This is in the NYT, the world's most read newspaper, in the Sunday Review section, one of their more popular.

To be fair, you just presented one of the shittiest Argument from Authority logical fallacies I've ever read, especially since the NYT isn't particularly an authority on video games or on the gaming subculture.

You might as well issue a statement from McDonalds and argue their statement is relevant because they sell more burgers than anyone else in the world.

I've learned all I need to learn from Gamergate: The games "journalism" industry is a joke, it's filled with axe-grinding completely unprofessional fuckwads with unjustified large egos, and getting involved with that profession is a stupid move that is only eclipsed by taking what they say seriously. Or even reading what they say at this point.

The Operation: Disprespectful Nod thing is pretty much the real "ethics" side of GG's front. And it's achieving fairly decent success.

Voting with your wallet is a good idea if you hate the idea of industry blacklisting and collusion. Pulling ad revenue and letting PR firms know you're abandoning the sites because you dislike how openly blatantly unprofessional they're being is a decent idea too. That's going to achieve far more than any amount of screaming, no matter how good your argument.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer
13. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer Oct 25, 2014, 18:37 Flatline
 
rjdriver wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 06:19:
Looks very intriguing. Wish they offered a first person view option.

Terrible idea.

How the fuck would you do first-person swordplay, Witcher style, that *didn't* have you puking up your guts from all the spinning and whirling around?
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
26. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 15:36 Flatline
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 14:53:
Ah, mhh that is interesting In the let's plays I watched the AI factions were pretty forgettable. The AI still acted like in CIV5, it didn't really push conflicts properly etc.

Anyway, I didn't play it, I only saw let's plays. So if you guys notice something and correct me please do that. I just didn't get a very good first impression at all.

Maybe it's gonna be a good game with expansions. But it remains to be seen whether it even gets any.

Yeah I was surprised actually. The faction that did it was on really good friendly terms with me and had been for most of the game. I guess they advanced on the harmony affinity and decided I was killing their precious little grubs.

We'll see if that's a fluke or not. So far you're about right with the AI, it's not much changed, although one faction that I did have a declaration of friendship with sent a steady stream of soldiers to help contain the absolutely absurd amount of aliens that were besieging my civ without me asking. He was exploring, saw that a crapload of aliens were spawning around me and sent like 20 units to kill the fuck out of the aliens and then went off and left me on my own. Must have had the warrior culture path ramped up.

First time an alliance ever did that for me.

There's actually a lot of great ideas in the game I'd like to see pushed back to normal Civ, like the idea of favors. Instead of mooching off of you in normal Civ, if you don't have anything you want or you're hit up for charity you're offered favors in diplomatic trade to be cached in later. Which is actually kind of awesome. If they had that in Civ 5 it'd make the diplomacy game far more interesting to me.
 
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News Comments > NCSOFT Layoffs; Carbine Reportedly Loses 60+
19. Re: NCSOFT Layoffs; Carbine Reportedly Loses 60+ Oct 24, 2014, 15:27 Flatline
 
LittleMe wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 11:07:
I just wish it ran at 24fps instead of a smooth 120.

1. Open case
2. Aim hair dryer at graphics card.
3. Turn hair dryer onto hot
4. Play ESO
5. PROFIT!!!
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
20. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 14:49 Flatline
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 11:24:
You won't get a angry letter that you just destroyed half the planets aliens...

Actually I had a faction demand I stop killing the native aliens in the first 2 hours of playing the game and waged war on me when I wouldn't (to be fair they kept acting aggressively).

We'll see how it holds up to longer term play sessions, but I'm enjoying it for now. I'm still a little overwhelmed by the iconography of the map but that'll adjust quickly enough.
 
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